Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Toolkit


Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Toolkit


The purpose of this toolkit is to assist State units on aging in revising and updating their nutrition-related regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Among the objectives of the toolkit are to provide technical assistance and guidance to the Aging Network and to identify best practices and emerging areas for planning new approaches to implementing the Older Americans Act.

The tool kit includes the following information:

  • Definitions
  • Meal service
    • Congregate nutrition services
    • Home-delivered nutrition services
    • Meal service options
    • Nutrition services incentive program and commodities
  • Menu and nutrient requirements
    • Nutrient requirements
    • Menu planning
    • Special dietary needs
    • Approval
    • Meal services
  • Food safety and sanitation
    • Management and personnel
    • Food
    • Equipment, water, physical facilities
    • Compliance and enforcement
  • Food service operations
    • Purchasing
    • Production
    • Inventory control
  • Nutrition and health promotion services
    • Nutrition screening and assessment
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Nutrition education
    • Case management
    • Health/wellness promotion activities
    • Caregiver nutrition support
  • Site administration
    • Facility compliance (fire, building, and health codes)
    • Other facility compliance issues
    • Facility agreements
    • Contributions
  • Personnel requirements
    • Program management
    • Dietitian/nutritionist
    • Other personnel
    • Volunteers
    • Training
  • General State and area agency responsibilities
    • State responsibilities
    • Area agency responsibilities
    • State and area plans
    • Targeting and eligibility for services
    • Outreach
    • Coordination
    • Needs assessment
    • Emergency preparedness
  • Evaluation
    • Service monitoring
    • Participant satisfaction
    • Audits
  • Reporting and fiscal management
    • Record keeping
    • Reporting
    • Funding sources and program income
    • Contracting


National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging at Florida International University

Funding Sources:

National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging at Florida International University; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2005
Review Date: 2005
Recent Summary: March 2008
Original Summary: May 2005
Last Updated: 03/14/12

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